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Luxury car manufacturers regularly collaborate with other luxury consumer goods companies, with brands such as Lamborghini teaming up with Versace for a special edition Lamborghini Murcielago LP640, or Mercedes-Benz and Armani working together on a styling CLK 500 Cabriolet. Aston Martin is fond of these types of collaborations, and in August we covered the news that it would be working with Bowmore, a Scottish single malt whisky manufacturer, to develop a special whiskey limited to only 25 bottles. At $65,962 a bottle, this collab provided a healthy cash injection to the struggling company, and now it has announced a DBX Bowmore Special Edition of which only 18 special editions will be made.
The Bowmore DBX is offered with a striking new color named Bowmore Blue courtesy of Q By Aston Martin. The other color on offer is a Xenon Grey paint, featuring a blue metallic fleck. The most interesting exterior feature has to be the Bowmore-branded copper inlays using copper from the original whisky stills that has been used to accentuate the side strakes of the DBX. The interior is offered with either Obsidian Monotone or Copper Tan Metallic/Obsidian Duotone upholstery, both accented by Bowmore Tweed which took its inspiration from the Bowmore island's terroir and lochs. The rest of the interior features a myriad of Q By Aston Martin touches such as polished copper cupholders, bespoke hand-laid, copper foil detailing in the center console, and accessories such as a Bowmore tweed picnic blanket and leather holdall.
The lucky owners of these special edition cars will be invited to an exclusive Aston Martin Art of Living experience in Scotland, where they will be presented with their cars, after which they will head out on a 170-mile road trip through the Scottish countryside. The trip will include a private tour of the Bowmore Distillery and a sampling of 39-year-old, specially selected Bowmore straight from the source.
The standard DBX costs $176,900 and features an AMG-sourced 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 used in the Vantage and DB11. This results in a power output of 542 horsepower, 516 lb-ft of torque, and a zero to sixty time of 4.3 seconds. The DBX is already considered one of the most attractive SUVs on the market, but the Bowmore Edition is set to take things to the next level.